07/24/19 Idolatry

READING: Job 8-10, Acts 19:21-20:6

Paul was correct in his assessment: “gods made by human hands are no gods at all” (Acts 19:26). It’s as simple as understanding that the one who creates something is greater than that which he creates. The Creator—not the creature—is God. Demetrius surely wanted others to believe otherwise in order to protect his business, but the apostle Paul got it right.

I nevertheless wonder how often we get attached to, and even idolize, our things—that is, the things that human beings have created. Many of us have elevated our possessions, our bank account, our positions, and our “stuff” to such significance that they become our gods. We make things and then turn around and worship the things we’ve made.

It’s a silly and destructive direction to take, but such is the nature of idolatry. It lures us with the brightness of its fire, and then it burns us with its heat. May God remind us all day long that “gods made by human hands are no gods at all.”

PRAYER: “God, I want to worship You alone. Guard me from setting up false gods in my life.”   

TOMORROW’S READING:  Job 11-14, Acts 20:7-38

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